Some common horse idioms, their meanings, and some ideas of how you could use them in your exam to make your English sound horse-ome.
Dropping an idiom into your conversations from time to time will help you fit in and certainly help you pass your Cambridge exams.
In this article we focus on four audio recordings from real-life CPE students, with detailed feedback and analysis from certified Cambridge Oral Examiner Helen Ingram.
A collection of those neat pictures and infographics that people circulate on Facebook.
Answers to various exercises you can find around the site.
Letters from Happy Students
This page is where I copy and paste the emails I get from students who take the time to write in and say thanks for all my hard work. Actually I made this website because I want to be a BILLIONAIRE but getting an email is nice, too!
Seriously though, people don't trust things they read on the internet so if you find this website was useful, please write and let me know. Those emails have two uses.
- It makes me happy. I normally read them aloud to my girlfriend and she rolls her eyes at how smug I am.
- It might convince someone who finds this website that the tips are useful and they should pay attention.
If you don't have the energy to write in, but would like to support this website, it would be helpful if you shared the Facebook or Youtube links with your friends or placed a link on your website:
Now, on with the praise:
“Subject: THANK YOU!
Message: Hello from Russia! I do believe in coincidences, so, it’s just a miracle that I found your site! I loved it! I loved it so much. Starting from the design of the site, ending with the style you chose to write your tips with, it’s so amazingly interesting to read all of them! Sometimes reading them even makes you laugh, isn’t that great? The most important, of course, is the content of the site. The info is extremely useful, to the point, and what’s really important: it’s easy to read, it’s like you are talking to your good friend or your favourite teacher! These are the real tips and not just basic information about how to do this or that part of the exam. So, thank you so much for what you do! It’s unbelieveably pleasant to use your site when preparing for the CAE!”
— P.P., Russia
Subject: feedback on your website
Message: As a teacher, I just want to say that your website is by far the best website I have seen to date. Well done!!!!
“I’m a student from Romania and I’m going to take the CAE exam tomorrow. My aim is to get an A and I have trained quite a lot for this. However, I am more of a science person and I find it hard to learn for a humanistic exam such as this. My teacher helped me, but since I have found the tips on caeexamtips.com and the YouTube channel I can definitely say that I feel prepared. Thanks for the good work and keep it up!”
— R.G., Romania
“I have really good news! I passed the exam! Once again thank you very much for your advice on your website!
I had many things to study during this period and CAE was one of the most difficult for me... But I got it! I am so happy now!”
— A. P., Czech Republic
Subject: Thank you for your help!
Message: Hi! I've just found out I got an A in my CAE exam and wanted to thank you very much for all the helpful tips. I found this website only two days before the exam, but I was able to get a better understanding of the Speaking Test requirements thanks to the videos you made. I also used the order you recommended for the Reading and Use of English sections, which really saved me a lot of time. So thank you again and know that your website is making a big difference.
Message: Hi! I passed my exam this month and I want to let you know that your website has helped me immensely!!!! :) In fact it gave me much more than quite expensive preparation course :D I recommend it to everyone who asks me about it.
I just felt that I should thank you.... :)”
— C.S., Czech Republic
Subject: Thank you...
Message: Dear Andrew
I just got the result today that I passed my CPE exam! :-) So I want to thank you for having this wonderful website!! I spent lots of time on this site in the last few weeks and I'm attributing a big part of my success to you. So cheers and keep up the good work!
(Yes she means CPE - I checked. Andrew)
“This summer I passed CAE and got 171 ...It made me upset and I decided to retake it on the 16 of January....So, it is 1 AM in Ukraine and I am watching your tips and finding them very useful and interesting. It is a huge advantage that you demonstrate the procedure of the tasks. Frankly speaking, I watched only the part related to Reading and Use of English because I got the worst mark there.... but I hope to continue watching your tips....)))”
— I.Z., Russia
“Message: I got my CAE exam results just a few days ago; I passed! I couldn’t be happier! What’s more, I scored an A on the reading part thanks to Your advise on time management.
Tank you! I will keep on recommending this website to those I know who will try to take the CAE exam.”
— E.L., Sweden
Message: Thank you very much for having the opportunity to read your webside, is great and it is very well done!! 10 points!!”
— R.C.A., Spain
“Subject: Thank-you note
Message: Hello, I am a student from Czech Republic and I would like to thank you very much for the ‘caeexamtips’ website you have created. I took the CAE exam few days ago and, despite the fact that I do not know the results yet, I must say that your recommendations and pieces of advice had helped me significantly whether in the speaking or in the reading part.
Thank you once again :)”
— J.Z., Czech Republic
“I loved the website! It includes every answer to those stupid questions we all make in our head and we dont know where to seek for the answer.
This webpage was just what I needed!”
— A.L., Italy
Subject: CAE Listening Tips
Message: Thank you so much for your work, which I find extremely helpful.
I am an English teacher preparing a student for the CAE test, and I couldn't remember how to tackle Listening paper 4. I find ALL of your tips absolutely GORGEOUS. Thank you again for such an extensive, interesting and rewarding piece of work.
“Message: Thank you so much for all these tips! Although I only found out the website some weeks before the test, it was very helpful. I just wanted to register my gratitude for all your work. I am studying to be a teacher my self and I hope some day I’ll be as good as you guys are. There is something about the way you explain that makes me feel more confident and less anxious. Thank you very much!”
— M.C., Italy
“Subject: Great website!
Message: Wow, what an attractive and useful website! I shall be directing my students here, for sure. I teach all Cambridge levels right up to CPE, and my students often complain that they have no resources to use at home to study for the speaking test: how nice to find something so useful and succinct to prove them all wrong!”
— H.I., Brazil
Message: Thank you very much for having the opportunity to read your website, is great and it is very well done!! 10 points!!
“I’ve recently taken over a student who is taking an Advanced exam this Saturday. This morning he was telling me about a great site that had helped him a lot with tips and strategies. I checked the site and found out you are the person behind it!
I just wanted to say what in impressive piece of work this site is - well done!”
— P.S., Czech Republic
“Tomorrow I am going to take an exam based on the same criteria as CAE. I have read through your pieces of advice and it was really useful!
My results of the mock tests are now much better.”
— P.A., Poland
“Hello, Andrew, I just stopped by to say you are doing a great job with this website, it will definitely help me and I’m sure it will help others too. Thank you!”
— M.D., Bulgaria
Subject: CAE EXAM
Message: Dear Andrew, you have been my best friend for the last months (lucky me!). I followed all your tips and passed my CAE exam!
Thank you very much for your great job.
And dozens more!
Every college student is active on at least one social media site regardless of his location or race. The very popular ones include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Skype. Some parents and educators believe that these platforms are inappropriate for educational purposes. The alarming rate at which internet trolls keep increasing is appalling. The fact that social media encourages poor grammar is a concern for many parents.
As we are all aware that possessing good writing skills is essential for all students, social media can help in improving these skills in an engaging and rewarding way. Most students buy essay online when they can’t write on their own. This can help reduce college stress and save a considerable amount of time. Here are some ways that writing skills are honed with social media.
· Increases the ability to write succinctly
Social media is a platform that requires using fewer words in order to get a point across to the audience. Take for example, the 140-word character limit on Twitter. After a lecture, students can be asked to write a summary of what they learnt using Twitter. In addition, it can be used to tell a story or describe an event. This approach boosts students creative writing skills and assists in writing efficiently. Even though fewer words are used, most writers still make sure that they use proper grammar during the process of formal writing.
· Instant feedback
The lack of confidence or fear often encountered by students in a traditional classroom often vanishes as soon as they login to social media. As a result, it is easier for them to find and develop their unique writing voice. There are many writing groups on Facebook and LinkedIn that serve as support systems for both newbie and seasoned writers. In an era where many people are into self-publishing, social media is an avenue to reach a broader audience. It is commonplace to see classes creating blogs where students are allowed to post their written material. The contents are then shared on social media and this can lead to collaboration with other students or classes.
· Visuals spark creativity
High quality photos and videos are normally appealing to the viewers’ senses and rarely fails to catch attention. They are easily comprehensible with little or no effort. Instagram works perfectly for storytelling. Students can simply post rich pictures and write their views or a story relevant to it. Using unique hashtags will ensure that related posts are easily accessible.
· Opportunity to learn from experts
Information exists in abundance on the internet for anyone that is ready to learn. Majority of the sites and individuals that give out language advice have active social media presence. Some even have YouTube channels and Skype account where they handle grammar questions asked by their followers.
Social media and technology will continue to be indispensable tools for students all over the world. Students can be easily distracted when using Facebook or Twitter on their smartphones, but the truth is that these tools have some much potential for academics when properly handled.